Browns Notes: Myles Garrett playing through pain, lack of holding calls

CLEVELAND, Ohio (92.3 The Fan) – Browns defensive end Myles Garrett continues to play through left shoulder pain but he’s not allowing it to slow him up.

Garrett was in obvious pain following last week’s 23-17 overtime win over Tampa Bay that saw him register 1.5 sacks, which came at crucial points in the fourth quarter and in overtime.

Garrett suffered the injury during a one-car accident at the end of September but has not allowed it to keep him off the field for an extended period of time.

“A little bit better than Sunday, but it is going to be sore and it is going to be achy,” Garrett said. “Just have to deal with it.”

That’s exactly what Garrett’s been doing – dealing with it during the week and during games.

Garrett has been resting during practice on most Wednesday’s. This week he was limited on Thursday and a full participant Friday only to see the injury aggravated on game days.

“Yeah, that is just what it is,” Garrett said. “As soon as it is ready to settle in and feel a bit better going in and make another play or getting hit, whatever it is. That is part of the game.”

Newsome returns – Cornerback Greg Newsome II is back and will play Sunday after clearing the concussion protocol.

“I feel great,” Newsome said.

“I have had a concussion in high school. Last year was my first one [in the NFL]. That one was scary. This one was more mild. Obviously, I was out a shorter period of time so this one was more mild.”

Newsome practiced this week, including being a full participant Thursday and Friday.

Last week against the Buccaneers rookie corner Martin Emerson Jr. shut down Mike Evans, who did not record a catch in the seven times he was targeted with Emerson on him.

“Like I have said, our corners and our three-deep can all start on any team. He has been playing amazing the whole entire season. That is something we expected. Obviously, I was excited for him, but like I said earlier, I expect him to do stuff like that. I am proud of him. He is having an unbelievable season.”

Holding pattern – Garrett continues to be miffed at the lack of holding flags he and his teammates are drawing.

“Yeah, it almost feels sometimes like we are being like targeted to not be called for these holds or for them not to be called with holding,” Garrett said. “I don’t understand the reasoning or the logic behind it because they are obvious holds, not just on me but on us as a D line. I think we have the fewest of the league. They are out there, they are apparent and yet we don’t get credit for them.”

What gets Garrett the most is that officials admit Browns defenders are being held in the trenches, but they aren’t throwing flags anyway. He’s getting the Shaq treatment.

“That is what my dad called it,” Garrett said. “For sure still feel like I am getting that treatment. I just feel like me as an elite pass rusher and I think all of us get that kind of treatment, but they might be getting a little bit more help from the officials than we have.”

Safety net – Four of the Browns’ first five losses this season were by a combined nine points. While shortcomings on defense and special teams were blamed, an argument was made by some pundits that Deshaun Watson would have won those games anyway.

With Watson making his debut, some believe he’ll provide a struggling defense with a bit of a safety net, a notion Newsome didn’t disagree with Friday.

“I think you could say that a little bit,” Newsome said. “When you have a guy like him, the most elite quarterbacks can pretty much win a few games by themselves sometimes. When you have a gunslinger like him who is one of the best in the league, I wouldn’t say we will play riskier, but just knowing that he is there at quarterback definitely you have a sigh of relief going into this game.”

Two Texans out – Houston ruled out receiver Brandin Cooks and rookie cornerback Derek Stingley for Sunday.

Cooks is down due to a calf injury and Stingley has a hamstring injury.

Injury report – OUT: TE David Njoku (knee)

Up next – Walkthrough and travel to Houston Saturday; at Texans Sunday.

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